June 12 – August 18: Watch a different kid-favorite movie each week all summer long at Harkins Theatres.
Thursdays, July 6 – August 10: Gather the family and enjoy live music and fun in the park.
Weekends and second Tuesdays: Eureka! Learn how to pan for gold, just like the 49ers did during the California gold rush, at an outdoor re-creation of a miner’s panning station.
July 14 – August 13: The OC Fair is offers 23 days of food, rides, exhibits, animals, music, action sports, concerts and fun!
July 21 and 28, August 4 and 11: For Kids Day at the OC Fair, kids ages 12 and under are admitted free!
Weekends, May 27 – June 18 and daily, June 24 – September 4: Splash Pad water features include ten-foot-tall pelicans, palm trees and sea horses.
March 19 – September 4: The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHMLA) has re-designed and re-built its popular outdoor Butterfly Pavilion exhibit.
June 30 – September 3: Kids can take a spin at the potter’s wheel, see a glass-blowing demonstration, or take a seat in the Children’s Art Spot (4+) or Studio One (7+) to try painting, printmaking, collages and other types of art.
June 1 – August 15: Many libraries offer homework help, including academic workshops and story times. Plus, join the Summer Reading Program, June 1 – August 15. Young readers (kids and teens) at most Los Angeles County and Orange County libraries will enjoy a “Build a Better World” theme.
June 19 – August 11: Kids (6-12) can drop in weekdays for a variety of crafts.
June 15 – August 19: Bring picnics, blankets, chairs and warm clothes to these family friendly performances of “The Taming of the Shrew” and “MacBeth.”
July 5 – August 31: For over 80 years, this famous festival has featured multimedia art exhibits, demonstrations, workshops for adults and kids, art tours, live music and food for sale.
July 1-31: Take a guided wagon ride around the farm, stop at different areas and try different summer fruits and vegetables, and finally step into the melon patch to sample delicious home grown melon.
Thursdays: Come to the library to watch and discuss a family-friendly film every week.
Daily: Kids Bowl Free returns for its 9th summer! Kids across North America can bowl for free all summer long at one of 1,200+ participating bowling centers.
June 19 – August 24: Bring a lawn chair, blanket, picnic style dinner and the whole family for screenings of family-friendly movies all summer long, at neighborhood parks across Long Beach.
July 20 – August 17: Bring the family, blankets and chairs, and your favorite movie snacks for a free family movie!
May 16 – September 5: Kids read any eight books, record them, and bring the completed journal to any Barnes & Noble store to receive a free book.
July 27-30: This 4-day event will feature tons of discounted baby, children and maternity clothes, room decor, toys, furnishings, shoes, books, outdoor equipment and more.
July 26-30: Experience the raw power and car-crushing fury of some of the world’s most awe-inspiring monster trucks.
July 7 – August 31: Where art comes to life, the pageant features 90 minutes of “living pictures” – incredibly faithful art re-creations of classical and contemporary works with real people.
Ongoing: Join the Halos for a behind-the-scenes tour of baseball’s fourth-oldest stadium, including areas normally restricted to the public.
Thursdays, July 13 – August 17: Settle in for an evening outdoors with great live music! Food will be available for purchase.
June 22 – August 24: Families and friends enjoy great local live music, food trucks and good times. Today, Gardens and Villa with Stacy Clark.
Most Wednesdays – Thursdays: Time for the kiddos to unwind from a long day. Stop by for dress-up from the Castle Wardrobe, face painting, snacks and crafts.
July 13 and 27: Join Crystal Cove State park for a movie on the beach under the stars.
Thursdays: Load up the kids and head to Sky High for a night of Family Fun.
First and Third Saturdays, Second and Fourth Thursdays: Get close to some of the biggest vessels on the planet, take pictures of local wildlife and see how the engine of the local economy operates.
Thursdays, July 6 – August 17: This all-ages outdoor dance party features the best salsa bands in Los Angeles, plus dance lessons that are sure to get some feet moving!
Thursdays, July 6-27: Pack up your favorite picnic dinner, or take your pick from the on-site food trucks, and jam out with the fam under the stars!
Thursdays, June 29, July 13, 27, and August 10: Come join your neighbors for a rockin’ good time on The Boulevard, with good food, great music and exciting family fun.
Thursdays, June 13 – August 17: Treat your kids to a family-friendly show under the stars every Thursday all summer long at the historic Levitt Pavilion.
June 29 – September 14: Bring your own picnic to the Muckenthaler’s outdoor amphitheater for summer night concerts in Fullerton.
Thursday and Saturday, July 1 – August 31: Join the Redondo Pier Association for their Summer of Music with concerts on the pier.
Thurdays: The Farmers Market features local California certified farmers, gourmet foods, craft fair and the homegrown music series.
Daily: A monthly calendar of story times, crafts, homework help and family-friendly events at libraries in the Orange County library system.
Daily: A monthly calendar of family-friendly hikes, walks, tours and more at parks in the Orange County Parks system.
June 20 – July 28: In celebration of the Autry’s new Play! exhibition, enjoy four square, hula hoops, checkers, cards, and more.
July 27: This entertaining Magic Show is a side-splitting celebration of children’s books, full of amazing tricks you won’t believe.
July 27 and August 10: Bring your beach chairs or blanket, set your toes in the sand and get ready for an evening of fun and music, suitable for the whole family.
June 27 – August 4: Celebrate 107 years of the Long Beach Municipal Band! Come out with your family and friends for music under the stars.
Wednesdays and Thursdays: Kids (5-17) interested in roller derby can join Long Beach Jr Roller Derby for practice. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m. MADhaus Indoor Training.
May 15, July 24 – August 3: Casa Romantica is pleased to present the second annual Summer Dance Workshop, July 24 – August 3, where kids (7-12) can try multiple genres of dance — free!
Weekdays, July 10 – August 31: Bring out that creative spark at the Festival of Arts. Kids (5-12) can enjoy art classes taught by professional festival artists in mixed-media, jewelry making, collage and more.
Thursdays, July 13 – August 3: Set up your lawn chairs and blankets for free family fun in the canyon. Bring your own picnic or buy dinner from a food truck, and don’t miss the free games and activities!
Ongoing: This behind-the-scenes tour lets fans visit some of the most restricted and non-public areas and view the Stadium from a whole new perspective.
May 13 – August 6: The Butterfly Pavilion unites science education and hands-on fun for visitors of all ages. Hundreds of butterflies call the temporary enclosure home during the spring and summer.
June 8, 16, 29 and July 6, 12, 20, and 27: The best 8 weeks of excitement and fun!
July 25, 26, 27 and 28: Does your child have a favorite Superhero? Party Karacters lead superhero training workshops where each week will be taught by a different superhero and sidekick (sidekick will be added if over 10 children register).
Through October: Free family-friendly concerts will be held in parks, outdoor amphitheatres, community centers, libraries and museums throughout LA County featuring a variety of artists.
Thursdays and Saturdays, July 13-29: Kids (2+) and parents join a fun-filled afternoon tasting and making chocolate treats. Discover where chocolate comes from.
Thursday: Kids ( 5+) have the chance to find clues, decipher them, and tell a story in order to find the treasure.
May 14 – September 10: The exhibition introduces animals many visitors have never heard of or seen. Including rare fossils and specimens from around the world, vivid reconstructions, animated computer interactives, and hands-on activities.
July 5-7, 12-14, 19-21, and 26-28: Enjoy free art activities and crafts in our Gallery.
Thursdays: Enjoy fresh produce, handcrafted vendor items, food vendors, kids’ activities and live entertainment.
May 27 – September 4: For the first time ever, Disney Junior has partnered with a museum to create an exhibit based on one of its most beloved characters!
May 22 – September 4: With a Cerritos Lanes summer games pass, you can bowl 3 games every day, all season long, for one low price.
June 8 – August 31: With your baby on your lap, enjoy bonding time through action/bounce rhymes, age-appropriate books, puppets, flannel boards, songs, and more!
June 8 and 9, July 13 and 27, and August 10 and 31: Discover your creative side by joining in an art activity inspired by a children’s book!
June 19 – August 26: Sign up for our Summer Discovery Program. Read books and complete activities throughout the summer to earn incentives.
Thursdays: STEMgineer will facilitate an educational experience for guests where children will explore science, engineering, technology, and math skills while learning about oceans, the water cycle, the 3 r’s, sea life, water pollution, waves, water current, and much more!
Thursdays: Share book, puzzles, blocks, dolls, and puppets.Chiildren and caregivers can play with other toddlers and build their developmental as well as social skills.
June 29, July 13 and 27 and August 10 and 24: Enjoy a sunset picnic by the El Dorado Nature Center lake. Bring low chairs or blankets and an earth-friendly picnic dinner.
July 5-30: Winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, Hairspray is an uplifting story about integration on a local TV dance show for all ages.
July 27 – August 13: This summer the Gamble House will once again open its servants’ quarters for exclusive “Upstairs Downstairs” tours.
July 24, 25, and 27: Come learn about how animals are the building blocks of our natural world with live animals!
July 27: Join us as we put on our annual Talent Show for Kids! Come and see many talented acts.
July 13 and 27: Join us for a board game extravaganza! We’ll supply a wide variety of board games for a wide variety of interests and age levels, you provide enthusiasm and excitement!
July 27 and August 16: Big Bird, Elmo and their friend from China, Hu Hu Zhu, take viewers on a journey of discovery to learn about the Big Dipper, the North Star, the Sun and the Moon.
July 24-28 and August 7-11: Unleash every child’s tech passion through the different creative spaces at Build It Workspace.
Through September 3: Celebrate art with 125 fine artists and artisans at the Laguna Art-A-Fair, one of California’s summer art destinations.
July 22 – August 6: Come down to the Discovery Cube for a live action stage show will take viewers on a journey through different stages of “the impossible.”